Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Curriculum of Champions

20 comments:

Andrew said...

Hey, I'll give whatever school that is credit for not pretending that Intel x86 is the be-all-end-all of computers.

(System 390, by the way, is what the banks use when they keep track of their billions of dollars and need a computer that absolutely cannot fail. According to Wikipedia, it does every computation twice just to be sure.)

Andrew said...

Err, that's probably the wrong Wiki article. They're calling it System Z or something now, but it's the same basic thing.

Substance McGravitas said...

I like the surprises in the philosophy of science. Every class must have been like Christmas.

Smut Clyde said...

People who attended Feyerabend's lectures at Berkeley still speak of his fondness for the "Bucket of water balanced on the lecture-hall door" trick.

mikey said...

But, waitaminute now. If they're all Oh and Two, who's in first place?

Substance McGravitas said...

Ho ho mikey, the 0 stands for theory hours and the 2 stands for practice. WHICH MEANS LAB WORK IN SURPRISES!

Smut Clyde said...

LAB WORK IN SURPRISES!

The goddamn ethics committee has stopped me from staging radiation-leak alarms during tutorials and recording the students' reactions. Bastards.

fish said...

I took a philosophy course called "Some Southpaw Pitching"

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Of course, "Surprises in the Philosophy of Science XXI Century" is taught by the Insane Clown Posse.

fish said...

LOL

fish said...

Fuckin existentialism, how does it work?

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

WHICH MEANS LAB WORK IN SURPRISES!

if the prof is a male, I am not interested.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Although I did take an English Lit course in Science Fiction, during the course of which I defended the TV show "Quark", using Stanislaw Lem as a precedent.

I got an A.

Also got the prof to wear an earring for the final.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Of course, "Surprises in the Philosophy of Science XXI Century" is taught by the Insane Clown Posse.

I hate when BBBBBB wins a thread before I even read all the comments.

Smut Clyde said...

Lab work in philosophy and beat music? I hope you get credit for staying up late, playing records and talking shite.

M. Bouffant said...

I hope you get credit for staying up late, playing records and talking shite.

In my case, no credit; it actually cost me money.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I used to work on a IBM 370. But I only used JCL and econometric packages, so there goes my street cred.
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mikey said...

I mis-spent my tech-youth running UNIX on everything. Remember "Workstations"? We did stuff on the desktop a full decade ahead of big iron.

Finally, Intel processors became so powerful that RISC didn't hold an edge any more, brute force was the order of the day, and when they built "Beowulf" loosely coupled massively parallel systems, everything Seymour Cray thought he knew suddenly just didn't matter anymore. Cheap hardware wins, every time. The challenge is creating software that can keep up...

Smut Clyde said...

Cheap hardware wins, every time.

NSA disagrees.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Remember "Workstations"? We did stuff on the desktop a full decade ahead of big iron.

the first place I worked out of college, I helped select the CAD package when they transitioned. We put Microstation on Sun Sparcstations.

It flew, let me tell you....